Support Worker Tula’I Luamanu clearly remembers Christmas growing up in Samoa. As the only girl in her family, she had the special job of lighting the Fagaofe (fireworks), a favourite memory she holds dear to her heart. Known for the great feedback she receives from her clients, Tula’I is our October Employee of the Month
Tell us a little bit about your background:
I am a wife and mother to four boys and grandmother to two granddaughters.
I was brought up in Samoa and moved to NZ in 1983. I studied at MIT for qualifications as a healthcare assistant and English as a second language. I then moved to Wellington and lived there for 10 years before moving back to Auckland in the year 2000.
I have worked as a caregiver for various companies and now I am here with Pacific Homecare.
What sorts of things do you do in your job?
I multi-task between cleaning, personal care, social support and household tasks.
Tell us about a normal day in your job?
Sometimes I do exercise with clients, and I like to play guitar and sing with them when I can. I also complete the care plan tasks mentioned above.
What training have you completed at Pacific Homecare?
Pacific Pathways, First Aid and NZ qualification in Health & Wellbeing Level 2.
What do you like most about working at Pacific Homecare?
I enjoy the interaction with my clients and my fellow staff at Pacific Homecare.
At the end of your working day, what do you like to do?
I get lots of enjoyment cooking for my children, and to relax I love to have a hot bath.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Favourite type of music?
Corned beef with onion and crab salad
What languages do you speak?
Samoan and English
What are your hobbies?
Reading and singing
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
(Smiles from ear to ear as she tells me) Every Christmas with my brothers, we had a Fagaofe (similar to fireworks). Because I was the only girl, I got to light it and no one else was allowed to.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Nurse. When I was a child, every time I would go to the hospital I would see the nurses wearing their special hats as part of their uniforms. I always told my mum I wanted to wear one of those hats one day!
If you weren’t doing this job what would you be doing?
A stay at home mother